Cultural development leader to open festival

EXECUTIVE officer and regional arts development officer of Arts Mid North Coast Inc. AMNC, Kevin Williams, will officially open the 2014 Manning Winter Festival at the first major event of the Festival on Saturday afternoon, 14 June, at 2 pm.

The official opening will be immediately followed by the Sinfonia orchestral concert, "A Musical Tribute," to be held at St John`s Church, Taree. Sinfonia is the community Orchestra of the Mid North Coast. The concert will also be a "farewell" tribute to long serving Honorary Conductor James Hannah, who will be stepping down as conductor but maintaining ongoing involvement with the orchestra.

Kevin Williams took up his position with AMNC in October last year. Since that time he has been very busy getting out and about in the region. The AMNC covers seven local government areas and extends from Coffs Harbour in the north to Great Lakes in the south.

Kevin brings 25 years of experience in arts management, tourism and community development to the position. In 1990 he was general manager of the Commonwealth Arts Festival run in conjunction with the XIVth Commonwealth Games. He later worked in marketing, business development, tourism, strategic planning and facilitating revenue generating events.

For some years he operated his own consultancy in marketing, business and community development, with a strong focus on cultural tourism.

"Kevin brings a wealth of experience and expertise to AMNC and the whole region," said AMNC president, Mave Richardson. "He has lived in the Mid North Coast since 2002. He knows our region and is keen to help achieve its great cultural and creative industries potential."

For more information about the Manning Winter Festival contact president George Hoad on 6550 5890, or program director Mave Richardson on 6553 5412 or visit the website www.